Daily Devotional – 7/27/17 “Unseen dirt is still dirt!”

I only wear stud earrings. I don’t know why but it is what I am comfortable with. Well, I usually get a nice pair of sterling silver studs (not too expensive) and once I put them in, they stay there. They endure hair washings, showers, workouts, sleep, sweat, etc. and sometimes, I forget about them. To you, all you see is my stud earrings. You don’t see the dirt that has accumulated on them, you just see the earring. Even I don’t see the dirt inside of them because the earrings are there, serving their purpose, not giving me any problems so I don’t bother them. However, when I remember, I take them out only to find them dirty and in need of cleaning. I mean, the kind of dirty that should have changed their outside appearance but it didn’t. What am I getting at? Sometimes, we can keep stuff close to us that is need of shaking out and cleaning. We hold on to people and things that have become a part of us and as long as they/it don’t bother us, we leave them put. When in fact, they need to be cleaned. No, their outside appearance hasn’t changed but the inside of them has. And if you were to look behind them, take a real good look inside or simply inquire; you’d see the dirt. If you are like me, you are probably reaching for your earrings right now because it has jogged your memory to clean them. What else needs cleaning in your life? You do know you cannot see out of dirty glasses, right? You can’t drink clean water out of a dirty cup. You can’t put clean clothes on a dirty body. You cannot build on a dirty relationship. Neither can you find real, good, clean love with the same dirty heart.

Yes, the outside appearance looks good but what’s hiding beneath? Have you ever walked into a house and looked at the floor and the carpet looked cleaned until you pulled it back? Ever looked at a person’s outer appearance and liked it, only to pull back the covering and was ashamed by their dirt? I’m only asking in order for you to figure out the last time you cleaned some stuff you’ve forgotten about? I know it makes you comfortable and it does not look dirty but it may just need cleaning. You don’t have to believe me but put a black rug at the door you use frequently and leave it here. Unless you have a compulsive nature to wash everything, every week; you’d probably never pick that rug up because the outer still looks okay. However, take that rug and put it in the washer and see if the water don’t reveal the dirt that has been hiding there. Just because it looks clean, don’t mean it is. After a workout where I didn’t sweat, my body still looks clean but I (and you) very well know that is not the case. Hidden, unseen dirt is still dirt.

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